PM officially dissolves parliament for December 20 general election


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Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Monday sidestepped questions about his political future after signing a resolution formally dissolving parliament ahead of December’s general election.

In comments to reporters after giving a progress report on the achievements of his Popular Party (PP) administration, Rajoy declined to speculate on any plans to form a coalition government with the emerging conservative group Ciudadanos, which has gained strength since the regional and municipal elections in May.

“We will govern according to what the citizens say. That is my offer,” he said, adding that he did not believe in trying to hold on to the prime minister’s office if the PP did not win an absolute majority in parliament.

Javier Casqueiro

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